While trudging through the steamy heat of an Asian rainforest or wheezing breathlessly at the top of an Indonesian volcano, Oliver Nash had no idea he could be on his way to raising thousands of pounds for Great Ormond Street hospital.
Filling several notebooks with detailed observations and with hundreds of photos to back them up, Oliver recorded an extraordinary two year journey across South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
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Whilst in Borneo, Oliver started work on a short story for his friend's daughter Amy (the main character in the book) but soon realised there was a potential children's novel evolving from his copious notes. So, The Primate Puzzle: A Tale of Two Friends and the Missing Long-Nosed Monkeys, was born and Oliver soon realised that would be the perfect way to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital who saved his life when he was a child and made the whole journey possible.
Illustrated by Bethanie Cunnick, the book features a puzzle for the reader to solve as well as exploring the plight of endangered animals, environmental conservation, deforestation and how development is destroying animal's natural habitats.
Commenting on his target of £10,000 for the hospital funds, Oliver said "I've always felt I owed Great Ormond Street everything I have. They saved me when I had childhood cancer and they keep a watchful eye on me even today at the age of 32. I hope my first book will help them to help other children like me."
All royalties are being donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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